09 November 2007

Mix Tape Friday: Goin' to California

In honor of my lovely week in San Francisco, this week’s mix tape is all about the City by the Bay. Did you know “(Sitting on the) Dock of the Bay” was inspired by a dock in Sausalito?


Led Zeppelin: Going to California

R.E.M.: I Remember California

Ocean Colour Scene: Golden Gate Bridge

Arctic Monkeys: Fake Tales of San Francisco

The Magnetic Fields: Come Back from San Francisco

The Decemberists: Grace Cathedral Hill

Elliott Smith: Coast to Coast

Wilco + Billy Bragg: California Stars

Sloan: Losing California

Pavement: Two States

Sleater-Kinney: Jumpers

The Ramones: California Sun

10,000 Maniacs: Hey, Jack Kerouac

Michael Stipe: My Gang

Richmond Fontaine: Postcard from California

Rufus Wainwright: California

Neko Case: In California

Joni Mitchell: California

Liz Phair: Why I Left California

Scott McKenzie: San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)

The Jayhawks: Nevada, California

Eric Burdon & The Animals: San Francisco Nights

Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels: California Cotton Fields

Belle & Sebastian: Piazza, New York Catcher

Vanessa Carlton: San Francisco

The Village People: San Francisco, You’ve Got Me

The Mamas & The Papas: California Dreaming

Otis Redding: (Sitting on the) Dock of the Bay

Kristen Hersh: San Francisco

John Vanderslice: The Golden Gate

Madeleine Peyroux: California Rain

Annie Ross & The Low Note Quintet feat. Iggy Pop + Anthony Coleman: Evil California (These Blues)

Riz Ortolani: Golden Gate Bridge

Santana: Samba de Sausalito

Joe Jackson: San Francisco Fan

Tony Bennett: I Left My Heart in San Francisco


I’m on vacation, so I just don’t feel like writing about this collection of songs. I’d rather sit on my hotel bed, look lovingly (lustily?) at my baubles haul, and talking about what I’ve done and what I’ve seen. Music-chat among yourselves in the comment box, and I’ll chat back when I return home this weekend.

Here’s the goldrush in one easy-to-download zip file.

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26 Comments:

At 11/09/2007 03:46:00 AM, Anonymous m said...

i am so happy you are having such a great time in one of my favorite cities. i wish i could have a drink with ya in one of my (many) favorite dive bars. maybe next time.

and thanks for the mix tape--once again, you rock.

 
At 11/09/2007 05:33:00 AM, Blogger Bluez said...

Oh happy day! great list, TGIF have a safe trip home...

 
At 11/09/2007 09:29:00 AM, Blogger wapentake said...

Another top list!

One addition:
"San Diego Serenade" - Tom Waits

A must!

 
At 11/09/2007 09:42:00 AM, Blogger dguzman said...

I'm partial to "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" for some odd reason.

Great list! Have a great weekend in CA.

 
At 11/09/2007 10:55:00 AM, Blogger kfluff said...

Ooh, so jealous! Love SF!! I hope you've been to City Lights and pillaged it! My addition to your list (although it may be more appropos for the rest of us): Hem's "It's Not California."

 
At 11/09/2007 11:39:00 AM, Blogger Moxie said...

Nice song list! I am downloading now. I admit I am a little sad that you are in my state and yet a bit too far to meet for drinks. Please share photos of your loot!

 
At 11/09/2007 11:42:00 AM, Blogger anandamide said...

I must wave my classic rock flag: what about "Lights" by Journey?

 
At 11/09/2007 11:46:00 AM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Heavens above, it's on a street called Love ;) Can you dig?

California Uber Alles!
California Uber Nichts!
There will always be a moon over Marin . . . . .

Even the cops groove --
can you believe it?
Monterrey!

 
At 11/09/2007 12:03:00 PM, Blogger Malcolm: said...

I've never been to the Northern part of CA... glad to hear that you are having a wonderful time. I had never heard The Ramones' version of "California Sun". They did a pretty good job on it. I'll check out more of your mixtape when I get home tonight.

 
At 11/09/2007 01:42:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

I was just listening to that Magnetic Fields song the other day and telling a friend about how much I love that Belle & Sebastian song...

There's hope for me yet.

 
At 11/09/2007 04:17:00 PM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

Great mix for a great town. Hope you have fun hanging tonight. We had a blast visiting our old home last summer.

 
At 11/09/2007 04:23:00 PM, Blogger Tony Alva said...

Enjoy the down time Beth. I would have added to your list "A Long December" by the Counting Crows (most excellent song), and a rarer deep cut by Thomas Dolby titled "Screen Kiss". While neither is about San Fran, they are both great Cali songs in their own right.

Have a drink on me and see if the junk yard Peter Case lived in is on any of the tours while you're at it.

 
At 11/09/2007 05:47:00 PM, Blogger Evil Evil Genius said...

I think there was a punk song by some guy named Jello about California. But then again, what do I know about music.

 
At 11/09/2007 11:54:00 PM, Blogger Eebie said...

Awesome stuff! California uber alles! Thanks for sharing...H&K

 
At 11/10/2007 04:53:00 PM, Blogger jewgirl said...

when you're ready, you must give awwwwl the dish, bubbie.

 
At 11/11/2007 02:11:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Well, you didn't have flowers in your hair, but I enjoyed your company immensely and I hope that you are coming back soon.

 
At 11/11/2007 03:14:00 PM, Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Everyone I've ever known to go to San Francisco loves it there. Closest I've come is crossing the Nevada/California border just so I could say I'd been.

 
At 11/11/2007 05:45:00 PM, Blogger Mountjoy said...

Lovin your work as always, Beth!

And as always, ready to add my New Jersey slant to it: "Goin' Cali" from Bruce's tracks box set.

Of course on the trivia front, a few years back, Boss-a-holics were devestated to learn that his paean to Freehold, "My Hometown" while holed up at his house in the Hollywood hills, thus completing the cycle of the New Jeresy one's transcontinental musings.

 
At 11/11/2007 11:02:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

Great, great list-- one suggestion, though: Phil Ochs' "Tape From California."

 
At 11/12/2007 02:56:00 PM, Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

I think I had lunch on that dock - I'll post a pic.

 
At 11/12/2007 09:14:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Seriously... no "We Built This City"?!

C'mon, it was the #1 most awesomely bad song of all time!

 
At 11/12/2007 09:23:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

M: Would love to meet up with you sometime! Next time I’m in San Francisco, let’s meet at House of Nanking, one of my favorite restaurants.

BLUEZ: Enjoy the West Coast tunes!

WAPENTAKE: A great tune, but I was trying to stay San Francisco-centric. I let a couple of California/L.A.-based tunes slip in, though.

DGUZMAN: How could I forget that classic? I love all things Bacharach!!!

KFLUFF: That Hem tune was on my original list, and I’m not sure why I cut it. Bad me! And City Lights was slightly pillaged …

 
At 11/12/2007 09:29:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

MOXIE: If I get to L.A., you’re in the top five for cocktails.

ANANDAMIDE: I tried, I really tried to add “Lights.” But. I. Hate. Journey. My passion overruled my completist tendencies.

ERIK DONALD FRANCE: Damn great tune, but it went the way of The Thrills’ “Big Sur” — just too far away to consider it a San Francisco song.

MALCOLM: Hope you enjoyed the rest of the songs. The Ramones recorded some great covers; glad you enjoyed this one.

PISTOLS AT DAWN: Have you heard that The Magnetic Fields are touring in 2008? A friend already has tix for the NYC show.

 
At 11/12/2007 09:34:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

TENACIOUS S: I forgot you once lived there; should have checked on your old house. I had a great time.

TONY ALVA: I’ve never been a huge Counting Crows fan. And the damn tour guide couldn’t find Mr. Case’s old junkyard, damn him.

EVIL EVIL GENIUS: Are you thinking of The Dead Kennedy’s "California Über Alles," with lead singer Jello Biafra? See, you are a cool yet evil genius.

EEBIE: You’re welcome — and H&K back at you.

JEWGIRL: I’ll try to post the dish tonight, buddie.

 
At 11/12/2007 09:38:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: The hair flower had wilted by the time we met up; probably that USC brass section. I had so much fun meeting you!

THIRD WORST POET IN THE GALAXY: It’s well worth the miles beyond the Nevada/California border.

MOUNTJOY: I just can’t get my mind around a California-livin’ Springsteen, can you?

JOHNNY YEN: Damn, JY, that’s a damn good suggestion. Your comment made me realize I’ve never ripped MP3s of my Ochs albums. Guess I’ll be up late tonight.

COASTER PUNCHMAN: I’d love to see that photo!

SCOTT: Seriously. No “We Built This City” … even if it was build on rock ‘n’ roll.

 
At 11/13/2007 01:23:00 PM, Blogger Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Great set... And how about Californication by the Chili Peppers! It's one of my faves by them.

Also, sorry to hear you hate Journey. I always thought the album with Lights on it (called Infinity) was perhaps their best.

 

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